APS Board of Education Policy and Instruction Committee Meeting. Wednesday March 11th at 5 pm.  DeLayo Martin Community Room, Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown NE

Special Board of Education Meeting.Friday, March 13, 2015, 7:30 AM. DeLayo Martin Community Room, Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown NE

 Q Garden Fundraiser. Saturday, March 14 at 3:00pm – 7:00pm. Sundowner Apartments – 6101 Central Ave NE.  For more information, email nmcasaq@gmail.com or call (505) 872 – 2099. Q Garden is a collaborative project between Casa Q and Public Allies New Mexico. Casa Q is a new, ten bed residential home for LGBTQ+ youth ages 14 – 18 who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness. Our Public Allies will be building a garden and storage shed for the young residents of Casa Q and developing a curriculum to teach life skills through the garden. Funds raised during this event will be used to directly support this project. Entertainment will include: Live music by local bands, Performances from talented poets, Raffles to win various gifts. Food and beverages will be provided. You will also have the opportunity to help plant the very first seeds of the garden! All proceeds will be used to support the garden, including purchasing gardening tools, construction supplies, seeds, etc. This event is open to the public, so bring your friends and family!

Protest Against Israeli Attacks, Collective Punishment on Palestine. Sat, March 14, 12:00pm – 1:30pm.  Tulane and Central Aves NE, right across the street from Starbucks. Protest against Israeli attacks, collective punishment on Palestine. Please join us this Saturday for a protest against Israel’s rising violence against Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank! And for the continuing biased media coverage of the situation on the ground. Bring Signs, Flags, Banners, water and sunscreen! We want Albuquerque to know that our tax dollars contribute to this violence and we will not stand for this! Hosted by Unm Sjp and Micheáilín Buitléir

Screening of “Indian 101”. Thursday March 19th at 5:30-7:30. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St NW. Join us for a screening of this award-winning documentary film about Comanche activist LaDonna Harris, who led an extensive life of Native political and social activism, and is now passing on her traditional cultural and leadership values to a new generation of emerging Indigenous leaders. Ms. Harris and producer Julianna Brannum will lead a Q & A session after the movie.

Women of the World Poetry Slam 2015.  March 18th through the 21st. The Last Chance Slam is Wednesday, March 18, at Stereo Bar. Preliminary bouts will be taking place March 19 and 20 at Flying Star Cafe, Stereo Bar, and Tricklock Performance Laboratory. Finals are set for March 21 at the historic KiMo Theatre. Calling WOW qualifying poetas and all the poetry lovers across the land! Coming at you from downtown Albuquerque March 18-21, is the 8th Annual Women of the World Poetry Slam 2015! Please join us this spring equinox in lovely, Albuquerque, New Mexico, for three days, four nights of poetic enchantment. 72 poets will compete for the Women of the World championship in bouts Wednesday-Friday night to be one of 12 poets in Saturday’s finals. The public is encouraged to attend and support the community of global poetry this festival encourages and give the competitors a warm, Albuquerque welcome! www.womps2015.com

Chupacabra Cantina. March 19-22 & March 26-29, 2015. 7:30pm Thursday through Sunday and 2pm Sunday. National Hispanic Cultural Center- Wells Fargo Auditorium.  Las Meganenas present a new original work, “The Chupacabra Cantina.” Enter the Chupacabra Cantina in northern New Mexico, where anti-GMO nuns, a bartender, and an unexpected guest plant seeds of social justice amid the daily chatter of community gossip and Fox News reports blaring in the background. Stories from Tierra Amarilla, Palestine, and around the globe are woven into the fabric of the characters’ lives, moving them to question what kind of seeds they are planting, and whether they are feeding the chupacabra. Accompanied by live music and song. Presented in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center as part of Siembra, Latino Theatre Festival and Women & Creativity 2015. Written by Soledad Hindi, with contributions from Valerie Borrego, Vivian Fernandez Geilín, Maria Varela and Alicia Lueras Maldonado.  Directed by Alicia Lueras Maldonado.  For tickets call the NHCC Box Office 505-724-4771 or go online to nhccnm.org.

First annual Raza Graduate Student Research Conference. Friday March 20th 9am-5pm. At the University of New Mexico. In honor of international women’s day and in recognizing the barriers to access and success for people of color in academia, especially women of color, the RGSA presents its first annual Raza Graduate Student Research Conference. The Research Committee welcomes projects at any stage that focus on issues that affect communities of color. Some of the workshops for the conference include: “The importance of Reproductive Health for New Mexican Women” & “Faculty Allies: How to develop effective mentoring relationships with students of color.” As well as the following panels for the conference: Art, Decolonization, Education & Youth, Gender, Health, Immigration Race & Health and Transnational Latina/o. For more information contact Melina Juarez; mdjuarez@unm.edu

Recuerda a César Chávez Marcha y Fiesta. March 28th @ 10:30AM.  At the National Hispanic Cultural Center. For more information contact rcccabq@gmail.com. The March for Justice will step off at 10:30 a.m.The Fiesta will kick off at noon. We will be broadcast live on the KUNM Raices Show starting at 2:00 p.m. Times, performances, speakers and other particulars will be posted as the Recuerda a César Chávez Committee makes the decisions. There will be music, live art, poetry, kids’ activities, and community tabling.